Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 5, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media monitoring March 5, 2004

STL

I'll wait for them in Court, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he's not afraid or scared of Petrotimor and Oceanic Exploration and he will be waiting for them in court. He said that the accusation against is false and he has a defamation lawyer studing the case. Dr Alkatiri said the lawsuit was filled at American court. Meanwhile the President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mario Viegas Carrascalao, said that he agrees with the Prime Minister in taking the oil company to court for defamation because his credibility in on the line as Prime Minister.

Government of TL ready to confront OE and Petrotimor

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that the Council of Ministers, including the Prime Minister, categorically denies the allegations by the American oil company, Petrotimor. He said that he has known the Prime Minister for 30 years, and he has never received any envelope or bribe money from anyone. Dr Horta said that the Prime Minister had not received any money from ConocoPhillips Petroleum. He said Petrotimor has to prove the allegation made against the Prime Minister that he received USD$ 2,5 million from ConocoPhillips as a bribe. Dr Horta said that the accusation made against the Prime Minister is tantamount to Alcapone accusing Mother Theresa.

Timor Post

Lu-Olo requests the presence of international police

The President of the National Parliament, Lu-Olo, said that Timor-Leste still needs the presence of international police to help develop the National Police Force. He said that it is essential for the national police to continue to receive international assistance in areas like traffic control, drug control, infiltration and anti-terrorism in our country.

Thefts not related to power cuts, it's the people's mentality, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that power cuts are not the reason for the increase in thefts, but it's the people's mentality that needs to change. He said thieves are always thieves, whether the electricity is on or not. Dr Alkatiri said that said that if everyone pays their electricity bill, the tariff will be cheaper, and everyone will benefit from having no more power outages.

East Timor confident it will win legal battle

Foreign Minister, Jose Ramos Horta has said he is confident a lawsuit by US petroleum group Oceanic Exploration Company over Timor Sea oil and gas rights would be quickly dismissed. Dr Horta said there was no basis for the lawsuit filed in the United States by Oceanic and subsidiary Petrotimor, seeking USD$10.5 billion in damages from East Timor, Indonesia, Australia and US oil giant ConocoPhillips. "I am confident it will be thrown out," Ramos Horta told Reuters in an interview. "We are not terribly worried about it. We will continue our fruitful cooperation with Australia and ConocoPhllips, so the work will continue smoothly without interruption."

Working with difficulties in Baucau hospital

The Head of the Hospital in the District of Baucau, Antonio Guterres, said that despite some issues related to the on-time delivery of food for patients, the staff and the doctors at the hospital are disciplined in the attendance to patients needs. He said that the complaints from patients about the food not being on time is because the hospital has 90 beds but 100 patients.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email: ffilipe@worldbank.org


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